Supervisor, Husbandry

Req ID #:  42246

Boston, MA, US, 02115

For 70 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work we perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.



Supervisor, Husbandry

Charles River Laboratories’ Insourcing Solutions Department is seeking a Supervisor/Husbandry based in Boston MA at our Boston Children’s Hospital contract.

  • Under the direction of the Senior Supervisor, this position provides direction and leadership for the daily operations of CHB animal facilities and program.  Maintains performance levels consistent with and according to Animal Resources Children’s Hospital (ARCH) standards and requirements.  Collaborates with the veterinary staff to insure that the health and welfare of laboratory animals are maintained in compliance with local, state, federal and institutional guidelines and regulations. Responsible for providing back up and assistance for the Senior Supervisor. 
  • Responsible for assisting in the training of animal care staff in the following; cage changing, microisolator cage changing techniques, room sanitation, autoclave operation, cagewash operations, waste disposal and other husbandry duties as required.Responsible for developing and maintaining animal records including, room logs, health reports, cage card labels, autoclave records, cagewash records, animal census and other records as required.
  • Ensures that all animal rooms are observed on a daily basis to monitor for sick, or dead animals, and reports findings to the veterinary staff or alternatively to the Senior Supervisor.
  • Interviews and recommends selection of candidates for employment to the Senior Supervisor.  In consultation with the Senior Supervisor and Human Resources Responsible for assisting in the training of animal care staff 
  • Outlines the job responsibilities of animal care staff, including site policies, procedures and the daily husbandry assignments of the animal care staff.
  • Collaborates with Senior Supervisor and maintains necessary supply and equipment inventory to operate the day-to-day operation of the animal care program
  • Responsible for developing and maintaining animal records 
  • Ensures that all animal rooms are observed on a daily basis to monitor for sick, or dead animals, and reports findings to the veterinary staff or alternatively to the Senior Supervisor.
  • Interviews and recommends selection of candidates for employment to the Senior Supervisor.  
  • Supervises direct reports in their efforts to maintain quality performance of departmental and client objectives, including meeting/exceeding departmental standards 
  • Build competence among employees through conducting appropriate training activities and through appropriate supervision related activities
  • Supports and affirms the company policy of Equal Opportunity through Affirmative Action.
  • Conducts daily inspections of animal holding and support facilities 


  • Education:  Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science or related field. Two to four years husbandry experience in a laboratory animal facility of which twelve months in a leadership role.. Demonstrated experience in the breeding care and husbandy of laboratory animal models required. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted for the requirements as listed above.
  •  Certification/Licensure:  AALAS certification at the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician level (ALAT) or higher and ability to successfully achieve LAT certification within 18 months of hire/promotion desired.


About Insourcing Solutions
Charles River Insourcing Solutions℠ can streamline research by delivering operational and cost efficiencies through the strategic insourcing of GMP, GLP and non-GLP research services from discovery through safety assessment. Insourcing Solutions℠ provides you with the ability to maintain control of your facility and expertise while leveraging available space.

About Charles River
Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients’ clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.

With over 11,000 employees within 70 facilities in 18 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges.  Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world. And in 2016, revenue increased by 23.3% to $1.68 billion from $1.36 billion in 2015.

At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of ~70% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2016.

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Equal Employment Opportunity
Charles River Laboratories, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disabled/Vet